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Chancellor’s Inaugural Year Full of Major Achievements 2014-08-27 19:49:43
Pine Bluff, AR (August 21, 2014) – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) celebrates the momentous inaugural year of Dr. Laurence B. Alexander as Chancellor. During this time the university has achieved the following:

• Accreditation for the School of Business and Management
• Completion of $10 million STEM Conference Center
• Establishment of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Development
• Establishment of the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development
• Re-imaging of the university through branding and marketing
• Received $200,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to enhance the Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students Program (LIONS Program)
• A 5-fold expansion of LIONS program (from 30 to 170 students)
• Creation of $2 million in new student scholarships
• University of Arkansas System’s Board of Trustees approval to begin a concurrent enrollment program for high school students

“The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has made our desire to be a student-focused, success-driven and mission-based university a reality. I am proud of the extraordinary work our faculty and staff are doing to ensure we prepare students for the 21st century workforce,” Dr. Laurence Alexander, said.

“With the establishment of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Development and the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, UAPB is able to stimulate growth and expansion, through broadening our donor base and ensuring that the institution is a part of the economic development of the City of Pine Bluff. “

UAPB has installed a supercomputer to enhance learning and research among faculty and students participating in the newly established STEM Academy, and the new concurrent enrollment program for high school students will begin next year. This program allows students to take courses for which they will receive both high school and college credit, and it serves as a bridge to ease students into the higher education environment.

The university also unveiled a new institutional brandmark, which embodies the distinctive characteristics that make this university great—legacy and excellence— but also represents our progressive spirit.

For more information about the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff contact Stephanie Jackson at 501.773.1430 or

About The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance. UAPB offers Certificate and Associates degree programs, more than thirty Undergraduate programs, Master’s degree programs and a Doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department and accomplished athletic program. UAPB has an extended campus in North Little Rock and offers courses in Gould and Marianna as well as online courses. With the addition of the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), students can engage in information exchange with others anywhere in the world. There are also Research and Extension offices in Lonoke, Newport and Lake Village and collaborations with other colleges and universities in the State through the National Science Foundation funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy.

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